Meaning of “humiliate” in the English Dictionary

"humiliate" in British English

See all translations

humiliateverb [ T ]

uk /hjuːˈmɪl.i.eɪt/ us /hjuːˈmɪl.i.eɪt/
humiliation
noun [ C or U ] uk /hjuːˌmɪl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /hjuːˌmɪl.iˈeɪ.ʃən/

After the humiliation of last week's defeat, the Mets were back on form.
Imagine the humiliation of having to apologize.

(Definition of “humiliate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"humiliate" in American English

See all translations

humiliateverb [ T ]

us /hjuˈmɪl·iˌeɪt/

to make you feel ashamed or lose respect for yourself:

They called him an old fool in public just to humiliate him.
humiliating
adjective us /hjuˈmɪl·iˌeɪt̬·ɪŋ/

[ + to infinitive ] It was humiliating to see all my possessions piled on the street.
humiliation
noun [ C/U ] us /hjuˌmɪl·iˈeɪ·ʃən/

[ U ] the humiliation of defeat

(Definition of “humiliate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)